Mamie Locke

Mamie Locke


Current Position: State Senator of District 2 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke was first elected Senator for the 2nd District in 2008. The 2nd District includes the parts of the cities Hampton, Newport News, and Portsmouth  and parts of York County.

Senator Petersen is Chair of the Rules Committee and is a member of the Education and Health, Finance and Appropriations, General Laws and Technology, and Rehabilitation and Social Services committees. Senator Locke is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

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The bill, introduced by state Senators Mamie Locke and Jennifer McClellan, would halt a variety of ways that Virginia’s legal system currently discriminates against people with HIV.

The General Assembly advanced a bill this week that lawmakers say will modernize Virginia’s current HIV laws. The amended measure has passed both chambers, but lawmakers must now accept or work out differences in the bill.

Senate Bill 1138, introduced by Sens. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, also removes a law that prohibits the donation of blood and organs by people with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. A 21-17 vote along party lines pushed the bill out of the Senate earlier this month. The House of Delegates passed the bill Friday in a 56-44 vote.

Virginia schools will be required to provide in-person instruction by this summer under a bill passed by both chambers of the General Assembly.

The Senate voted nearly unanimously on Thursday to accept a compromise bill developed in collaboration with House Democrats.Democrats in both chambers resisted multiple attempts to add an emergency clause that would have pushed the bill into effect as soon as it was signed by the governor.

The final legislation requires local school divisions to begin providing face-to-face learning by July 1. And it specifically defines in-person instruction as interactions between teachers and students “in person and in real time” — a concession to Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, who sponsored the original legislation and said she had concerns over some districts that have hired classroom monitors to observe students as they complete online lessons.

Abolition of Death Penalty Heads to Governor Northam’s Desk
Virginia State Democratic CaucusFebruary 22, 2021

RICHMOND, Va.: The Virginia Senate has passed HB 2263 (Del. Mullin, D – Newport News) and SB 1165(Sen. Surovell, D – Fairfax). These bills abolish the death penalty in Virginia, and head to the desk of Governor Ralph Northam for his signature.

If Northam signs the bill into law -as he is expected to do- it would make Virginia the first southern state to abolish the death penalty.

While Texas has executed the most people in the last 50 years, Oklahoma and Virginia come in second. Virginia Democrats feel such executions do not represent their values nor those of the majority of Virginians who elected them.

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – A proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution would allow inmates to vote behind bars.

The bill from Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) completely removes voting restrictions for those who have been convicted of a felony or deemed “mentally incompetent” by a court.

The change would make Virginia the third state to let felons cast their ballots while incarcerated, joining Vermont and Maine. More than 30 other states already have an automatic process in place for rights restoration.



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  • Ph.D., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984
  • M.A., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1978
  • B.A., Tougaloo College, History/Political Science, 1976
  • Certificate, Management Development Program, Harvard University, 1996
  • American University in Cairo, Middle Eastern Studies, 1986
  • Certificate in Archives Administration, Emory University, 1979
  • Civic Leadership Institute, Class of 2003


  • Professor of Political Science, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

Professional Memberships

  • National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member
  • Former member of Editorial Board for the National Political Science Review
  • American Political Science Association, former Council member;
  • 1993 Program Committee; Editorial Board PS: Politics and Political Science; Organized Section of Women and Politics Research, Secretary and Board member 1994-1999
  • Southern Political Science Association, former member of Committee on the Status of Women
  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad (Egypt), 1986
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1987, 1988
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1990
  • Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1992
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1994
  • Pathfinder Award for Continued Support through Civic Excellence and Social Activism, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1996
  • Plaque for Meritorius Community Service and Excellence in Academic Leadership, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1998
  • Outstanding President Award, Mid-Atlantic Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1998
  • Peninsula Women’s Forum, Outstanding Woman in Government, 1999
  • Outstanding Public Service Award, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, 2000
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Award, Old Dominion University, 2001
  • Lawrence Bethel Woman of Courage Award, 100 Black Men of America, 2001
  • Marguerite Adams Award for Political Action, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2001
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year, CHUMS, Inc., 2002
  • “Mayor of the Year,” Old Northampton Community Organization, 2002
  • Humanitarian Award, National Conference for Community and Justice, 2002
  • Citizen of the Year, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2003
  • Trailblazer Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 2003
  • Distinguished Woman Award, Newport News/Hampton Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated, 2006
  • Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2006
  • Spirit and Leadership Award, Alternatives, Inc., 2007
  • Senator of the Year, American Council of Engineering Companies in Virginia, 2008
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals, 2010
  • Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government, Southern Political Science Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Education Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Court Clerks’ Association, 2011
  • Trailblazer Award, Virginia Leadership Institute, 2011

Civic/Social Activities

  • Member, State Senate, Virginia General Assembly, 2004-Present
  • Member, Hampton City Council, 1996-2004; Mayor, 2000-2004; Vice Mayor 1998-2000
  • Commissioner, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 1996-2004
  • Commissioner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 2000-2004
  • Member, Peninsula Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Member, Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Board of Directors, National League of Cities, 2003
  • Second Vice President, Women in Municipal Government (National League of Cities), 2003
  • Regional Director, Region 3, National Caucus of Local Elected Officials (National League of Cities), 1999-2002
  • National League of Cities, 2001 Program Committee
  • Municipalities in Transition Panel: Families and Communities, National League of Cities, 2002
  • Transitions (Family Violence Services), Past Board Member
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, Board Member
  • Towne Bank, Board Member
  • Links, Incorporated, Hampton Chapter
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Hampton Chapter, Life Member
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church (past member of Finance Council)

Senate Appointments

  • General Laws, General Laws and Technology
  • Local Government
  • Education and Health
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Commission
  • Virginia Housing Commission, Vice Chair
  • Joint Commission on Technology and Science

Additional Affiliations

  • Chair, Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Reproductive Rights Caucus
  • Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Progressive Caucus


  • “Women of the Senate,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2008
  • “State of the Black Union 2007,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 2007

Additional Information

Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender. She has also served as a speaker for various community organizations. Most recently she was a panel member for the session “Women Doing Politics” at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, speaker for Tougaloo College’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation, keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King program at St. James United Methodist Church, Black History Month speaker for program sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, speaker for the annual Black Heritage Foundation program sponsored jointly by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah, and keynote speaker for the national meeting of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators.

Dr. Locke has a number of publications on race and gender. These articles have appeared as book chapters and in such publications as Women and Politics, Africana Women’s Studies Series, Phoebe, Network, and The Journal of Mississippi History. She is the co-editor of two books, African American Politics: The Struggle for Liberation and Urban Politics: A Planning Perspective. Dr. Locke was recognized for her dual service as a university administrator and elected official by Black Issues in Higher Education.


Work Experience

  • Dean, School Of Liberal Arts
    Hampton University


  • M.A., Ph.D
    Atlanta University
  • BA
    Tougaloo College
  • Certificate in Management Development
    Harvard University
  • Certificate in Archives Administration
    Emory University/Georgia Department of Archives and History


Born in Brandon, Mississippi on March 19, 1954

Membership & Affiliation

Roman Catholic Church


Legislative Assistant: Theressa Parker



Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E510
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7502 F
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 9048
Hampton, VA 23670
Phone: (757) 825-5880
Fax: (757) 825-7327


Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook


Source: Wikipedia

Locke was first elected to Hampton City Council in 1996. The council chose her as Vice Mayor in 1998 and Mayor in 2000.

In 2003, she won a three-way Democratic primary for the 2nd Senate district nomination with 48.11% of the vote.She then won the general election over Republican P. K. Bomersheim and independent J. B. Hobson with 64.75%.

In 2007, Locke was unopposed.

In 2011, she defeated Republican Tom E. Harmon IV with 65.39% of the vote.

Recent Elections


Mamie E. Locke (D)36,55192.79%
Write-In (Write-in)2,8397.21%


Mamie Locke (D)17,45994.1%
Write In (Write-in)1,0875.9%

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System


LOCKE, MAMIE has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $701,235.

Source: Follow the Money



Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services


Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Educational Opportunity for Military Children, Virginia Council on
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees
Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
History of Lynching Work Group
Joint Rules
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Revisions to SOQ & SOL
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
Virginia Housing Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System


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